Though employers (68 percent) trail only hospitals/doctors (78 percent) as the most trusted source of information about COVID-19, Americans reject the idea that a COVID-19 shot should be required in order to return to the workplace, according to a special report of the Edelman Trust Barometer.
Nearly seven-in-ten (69 percent) say the decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice. Only 21 percent believe businesses should demand that all employees get vaccinated.
Sixty-eight percent of Biden voters are against forcing people back to work before they are ready. Forty-eight percent of Trump supporters agree.
The Edelman survey, which was conducted to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, found that 81 percent of respondents want their employers to update pandemic and vaccine-related information on at least a weekly basis.
A majority wants the government to take a conservative approach to re-opening the economy.
Sixty percent say the government’s top priority is to save as many lives as possible even if the economy takes a hit, while 40 percent believe the country is approaching the point where it is more important to save jobs than to take every precaution to keep people save.
More than two-thirds (67 percent) of people are “living with a pandemic mindset” worried about safety and operating in a survival mode, according to the survey.
A third say the pandemic is behind us and believe it is time to return to pre-COVID-19 life.